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Title: Directional resolution of dish antenna experiments to search for WISPy dark matter

Dark matter consisting of very light and very weakly interacting particles such as axions, axion-like particles and hidden photons could be detected using reflective surfaces. On such reflectors some of the dark matter particles are converted into photons and, given a suitable geometry, concentrated on the detector. This technique offers sensitivity to the direction of the velocity of the dark matter particles. In this note we investigate how far spherical mirrors can concentrate the generated photons and what this implies for the resolution in directional detection as well as the sensitivity of discovery experiments not aiming for directional resolution. Finally we discuss an improved setup using a combination of a reflecting plane with focussing optics.
Authors:
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  1. Institut für theoretische Physik, Universität Heidelberg,Philosophenweg 16, 69120 Heidelberg (Germany)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22458421
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics; Journal Volume: 2016; Journal Issue: 01; Other Information: PUBLISHER-ID: JCAP01(2016)005; OAI: oai:repo.scoap3.org:13308; Article funded by SCOAP3. Content from this work may be used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Any further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author(s) and the title of the work, journal citation and DOI.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Sponsoring Org:
SCOAP3, CERN, Geneva (Switzerland)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; ANTENNAS; AXIONS; DETECTION; MIRRORS; NONLUMINOUS MATTER; OPTICS; PHOTONS; RESOLUTION; SPHERICAL CONFIGURATION